Your nightly glass of wine can do more than just help you relax, according to a new study.
You already know that analyzing your wine can make you smarter and that the grape stuff can help you lose weight, but new findings from the Institute of Food Research in Madrid has indicated that regular consumption of wine could help slow the death of brain neurons.
The study analyzed the gut metabolites produced when humans digest red wine. Those metabolites were added to human brain cells under conditions that mimicked stress-induced brain cell death, which usually leads to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. The researchers found that those who consumed a low to moderate amount (about 250 milliliters) of red wine every day prevented neurons from dying under the stressful conditions.
The researchers were quick to point out that a healthy diet is just as important for brain health but that moderate wine consumption could help to further prevent neurodegenerative diseases.
Read the full study here, and find more benefits of moderate drinking here.